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Hopped Ginger Beer – “Red Panda”

hopped-ginger-beerReading some of the posts in the homebrew forums, I realise how incredibly fortunate I am in having a huge amount of tolerance and support from my beloved for the strange smells and liquids which emerge periodically from the kitchen.  She loves ginger beer, although I often find it too sweet, so this is a home brew-hybrid – a ginger beer well hopped to provide some bitterness to offset the intrinsic sweetness.

Red Panda Hopped Ginger Beer.

Brewdate: 14/2/2017, Malt Extract with spices , 20L.
Target: OG 1035 / IBU 38 / ABV 4.9 Actual: OG 1034 / ABV

  • 980g ginger beer concentrate (Coopers)
  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • 60g Cascade hops (40g bittering + 20g flavouring)
  • 7g Ale yeast (Coopers)
  1. Heat 10L water to 50°C. Add half the extract and the sugar to teh fermenter, then pour in the water. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Bring another 10L of water  to the boil and stir in the other half of the extract.
  3. Bring back to the boil and add the first charge (40g) of bittering hops.
  4. Boil for 15 minutes.
  5. Add second charge of flavouring hops (20g)
  6. Boil for 15 minutes, then remove from heat.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then remove hop parcels.
  8. Start the yeast starter
  9. Cool in water bath for 30 minutes.
  10. Add to the fermenter and mix well.
  11. Cool or warm as appropriate to 20-22°C then pitch yeast.
  12. Ferment at constant temperature for 6 days.